Prototype Development Centre

The Prototype Development Centre is one of SEAT’s flagship projects. Officially opened in July 16th 2007, it brought together know-how, personnel and resources from SEAT’s Prototypes department at its Technical Centre and the Pilot Processes Engineering Workshop in Martorell under a single roof.

Seamless cooperation, greater synergies, coupled with an increase in the flow of information during development and industrialisation stages are just some of the major advantages deriving from shared organisation and space. And confidentiality is always guaranteed – it is now normal to put a new prototype through the assembly line so as to analyse model feasibility during the early stages of development.

Some of the aims of the different PDC areas are securing and simulating processes beginning with the first prototype, cost and investment containment, eliminating intersections between R&D and Production, and pro-active problem-solving using feedback from standard production series.

One of the tools used is ‘Applied Virtual Ergonomy’, a new application from the MAVE project (Spanish initials for ‘Ergonomic Virtual Analysis Mock-up’), used to simulate assembly operations without the need for physical vehicles or facilities so as to analyse operator fatigue during routine tasks.

The PDC facilities cover a floor area of 18,808 square metres. The Centre’s areas of project management, virtual reality, DKM models, presses, bodywork, painting, logistics and special vehicle assembly are staffed by 253 highly-qualified professionals working on the diverse processes mentioned with a clear commitment to continuous improvement.

The Prototype Development Centre brings together personnel from very diverse company areas, encouraging opinions and suggestions which provide a pro-active pre-emptive approach to problems, thus improving costs and shortening construction time for prototypes and pre-production vehicles.

The PDC’s remit covers all processes involving data control model creation, prototypes and pre-production vehicles. The PDC is also involved in other activities including geometry assurance, ease-of-assembly for production vehicles, analysis and improvement of production, digitalisation of manufacturing processes and virtual ergonomy.

Key figures:
Surface area: 18,080 m²
Workforce: 253 employees
Activities:
Prototypes and virtual models
Data control models (DKM)
Reference models (RFM)
Creation of Prototype parts and means
Construction of concept cars, prototypes and pre-production vehicles
Construction of special vehicles
Product-process analysis in stages of development and launch